We get why they do it, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.
Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled the MY19 Nissan Maxima to the world at the ongoing Los Angeles auto show, packing new kit & tech, wrapped up in a mildly-restyled body. Not that the Maxima needed major aesthetic changes anyway, as this generation Maxima always been one of the prettiest mid-sized family saloons that we don’t get.
The nose sees an update of the headlights to multi-module units (that sparkle under sunlight, we might add), as well as a more prominent V-motion grille. Move past that and you’ll notice a new set of alloy wheels, a new set of bumpers on either end, and a slightly-updated set of taillights, which are sandwiched between a rear spoiler above and quad-tipped tailpipe finishers below.
Open the doors and you’re greeted by a cabin that’s had its materials & finishes revised, in favour of a more premium look and feel. This is of course headlined by ‘Reserve Package’ models that add Satin Bronze cabin trim, diamond-quilted semi-aniline Rakuda Tan leather seats, as well as Raked Tan inserts on the doors & steering wheel (the latter looks a bit naff, really).
The MY2019 Nissan Maxima comes with Safety Shield 360º active safety, which solidly ups its game in terms of appeal as a family hauler. Offered features include things like pedestrian-detecting AEB, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam, and even reverse-AEB. Smart cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, and driver-drowsiness detection are available across the range as well.